Current Affairs – Today’s Headlines: June 24, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for June 24, 2021

INDIA

– India, US holding mega wargame in Indian Ocean on June 23-24
– G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting held in New Delhi; Minister for Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar participated
– G20 Education Ministers’ Meeting hosted by Italy; Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre participated
– Carnatic music singer and Padma Shri award-winner Parassala B. Ponnammal dies at 96 in Kerala

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– Enforcement Directorate (ED) transfers attached assets worth Rs 9,371 crore to public sector banks which had incurred losses on account of bank frauds by Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi
– Cabinet approves allocation of additional foodgrain under PMGKY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana), Phase IV for another period of five months from July to November
– Centre removes distinction between domestic and international OSPs (Other Service Providers) allowing BPO centres with common telecom resources to serve customers located worldwide
– Cabinet approves agreement with Saint Vincent and The Grenadines for tax information exchange
– IBM-IISc Hybrid Cloud lab launched to advance research in hybrid cloud technologies
– Gujarat govt. to provide subsidy of up to ₹20,000 on electric two-wheelers, ₹50,000 on electric three-wheelers and ₹1,50,000 on electric four-wheelers
– Financial savings down to 8.2% of GDP in the December quarter of 2020-21, were 10.4% in July-September: RBI
– Cash deposits of up to ₹2.5 lakh by housewife’s post demonetisation will not come under I-T scrutiny: Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT)
– LIC introduces centralised web-enabled workflow-based technology platform ‘e-PGS’

WORLD

– India ranked 31 out of 46 countries on level of trust in news: Reuters Institute Digital News Report, 2021
– Central bank digital currencies can offer finality, liquidity, integrity: BIS (Bank for International Settlements)
– Hong Kong pro-democracy paper Apple Daily confirms closure; owner Jimmy Lai currently in jail
– International Widows’ Day observed on June 23, theme: “Invisible Women, Invisible Problems”
United Nations Public Service Day celebrated on June 23 under the theme: “Innovating the Future Public Service: New Government Models for a New Era to Reach the SDGs”
– Bhutan’s Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) programme launched in partnership with India

SPORTS

– International Olympic Day celebrated on June 23; International Olympic Committee (IOC) founded on 23 June 1894 in Sorbonne, Paris
– India’s official Olympic theme song titled “Lakshya Tera Samne Hai” launched; composed and sung by Mohit Chauhan
– New Zealand beat India by eight wickets in the final of World Test Championship (WTC) at Rose Bowl, Southampton, England

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